Hardon's Blast Helps Lift Sailfish to Mid-Week Victory Over Northwood University
April 22, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Making the short trip across town on Wednesday afternoon to take on Northwood University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team powered their way to an 8-6 victory as they begin to wind down the 2009 campaign. The Fish scored in four straight innings including three runs each in the third and fourth innings to wrap up the victory at Silvester Field.
Freshman Logan Thomas went six innings on the hill for PBA as he did enough to earn his first collegiate win as the Melbourne, Florida native continues to seemingly improve with each outing. Thomas finished with two walks and two strikeouts while scattering 10 hits and five earned runs.
Dustin Ducasse and Martin Suarez each followed Thomas in the pitching order with scoreless innings of work while Chad Volbert earned his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning of work.
The Seahawks (29-17) jumped ahead of the Fish with a run in the second inning as Drew Powell drove home Manny Naboa with an RBI double to stake the home-standing Seahawks with a 1-0 lead.
PBA fired right back in the top of the third inning however as Stephen Fowler and Vasilios Mila started the frame with back-to-back singles. Nick Norley would then follow with a walk to load the bases. The Seahawks then made a big play as they got Tony Livelsberger to bounce into a double-play with Fowler coming in to score. Neil Hardon next stepped in a delivered a two-run homerun to put PBA up 3-1.
The fourth inning featured much of the same for the Seahawks pitching staff as they allowed the first five batters of the inning to reach. Scott Urbanek started things with a single followed by Michael Kutch reaching on an error by the NU shortstop. Fowler and Mila each followed with RBI doubles and then a hit by pitch of Norley. After a NU pitching change, Livelsberger was victim of another double-play groundout followed by a groundout from Hardon to end the frame. PBA appeared in control with a 6-1 advantage.
That’s when the Seahawks got in gear as they plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the PBA lead to 6-5. Noboa pushed across an RBI single while Powell connected for a two-run double in the inning. Corey Cooke added in a sacrifice fly.
Thomas settled back down from there and put up a zero over the next two innings to cap his six inning outing.
Fowler continued his solid night at the plate in the fifth inning as he added in a PBA insurance run with a RBI single while PBA added in their final run in the sixth inning on an error.
Fowler led the PBA 11-hit attack with a 3-for-5 showing with two runs driven in and two runs scored. Mila and catcher Keith Clabaugh also added in two hits each.
PBA will continue their busy week of action by hosting the University of Tampa on Thursday, April 23rd as they take on the Spartans at 6 pm at the Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter, Florida. The game can be heard live or podcasted on the Sailfish Radio Network.